State of the National Church Office (U.S.)
General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo first announced to the cabinet that the health and effectiveness of the 14 districts and district supervisors had been evaluated as per the 2011 plan that had been laid out by the National Church Office (NCO).
This evaluation process yielded invaluable information regarding the health and effectiveness of both the structure and the personnel of the districts. The districts are resourcing and serving the field well and will be evaluated regularly to see that they are fulfilling the district objectives and targets. Tammy celebrated the overall health of the districts and commended the districts supervisors and their teams.
In regard to leaders, one of the most significant areas of emphasis are the processes for pre-service and in-service training for licensed ministers, using identified core competencies to guide the conversation. Also, C.A.R.E. and Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR) East and West are helping ministers achieve optimal health so that they can effectively serve those who are placed in their care.
NCO report on churches included a commitment to planting healthy churches at the local and district level, while assessing the health and viability of current Foursquare churches with an intentional effort to cultivate an environment for fruitfulness.
Addressing people groups, NCO reported increased productiveness in the following areas:
- NextGen. There will be a focus toward equipping the local church in discipleship and leader identification; pre-service training opportunities will work together to successfully transition students to ministry leadership.
- Women in Ministry Leadership. Female credentialed ministers are finding more opportunities to serve in the local church as well as lead church planting initiatives.
- Urban and Multicultural. Networks and councils have been formed and strategies are being launched to better serve our urban/multicultural churches.
The NCO report on resources included the goal of streamlining administrative processes including the credential process, local church reporting, properties, and insurance.
There is awareness that systems must undergo change in order to maximize effectiveness in the 21st century.